Wallace “Wally” Carlson, age 74, of Olivia died Monday, January 22, 2018 at Seasons Hospice in Redwood Falls. Memorial services will be Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Olivia with Pastor Michael Dietz and Pastor Joel Luetke officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Palmyra Covenant Cemetery, rural Hector. Visitation is Friday from 4-6 p.m. at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia and continues Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Hope Lodge, 2500 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. This is the wonderful facility Wally and Sandy stayed at during his treatments at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and appreciate your support toward its ministry.
Wallace Duane Carlson was born on October 17, 1943 in Willmar, MN, to Elmer and Neva Carlson. He grew up on a farm south of Hector and graduated from Hector High School. Wally married Sandy Peterson on November 6, 1965 and they were blessed with three children. From 1967 to 1978 Wally was a State Trooper. He was first stationed in south Minneapolis for two years and then moved to the District 83 Station and they lived in Olivia, MN. In 1979 he quit the patrol and bought the Gateway Truck Stop, then selling it in 1981. For the next 10 years he owned and operated a variety of businesses. In 1992 Wally started working at Jackpot Junction in Security. A year later he started working as their purchasing agent and managing the warehouse where he continued for the next 22 years. Wally retired in 2014. He enjoyed fishing, carpentry, and selling stuff. Wally’s best qualities were his sense of humor, his friendliness, and his love for his family.
Wally is survived by his wife Sandy Carlson of Olivia; his sons Jason (and Molly) Carlson of Davenport, IA, and Daniel (and Megan Fleming) Carlson of Bloomington; his daughter Lori (and Kirt) Serbus of Olivia; his granddaughter Paige Serbus of Olivia; and nieces, nephews, and cousins whom he was very close with. Wally was preceded in death by his parents; and his two brothers Larry Carlson and Jon Carlson.
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